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Easter Egg pendants by Faberge. Note the bunny in the middle. Image from The Art of Faberge by Alexander von Solodkoff.

Holiday jewelry can be fun, although, it has to be understated to be chic. I don’t really go for Christmas baubles but I do like to sport a collection of antique heart charms in February and this time of year I pull out my gold-filled Easter bunny pendant, which is a Faberge copy.

Carl Faberge was the jeweler to the Russian Tsars in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Known for exquisite quality, he favored enamel and opaque stones like jade and coral. His subjects were also unique –  flowers, animals, and eggs.

Russian royalty liked to give each other gifts at Easter. In 1885 Alexander III asked Faberge to make an egg as a special Easter gift to his wife. The very first egg was simple in white enamel with a surprise gold hen inside. A big hit, the Faberge Easter Egg gift became a tradition and carried on by Alexander’s son, Nicholas II. Over time the eggs became more and more elaborate.

 

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The first Faberge Easter Egg, 1885.

As well as the large eggs, miniature egg pendants were also created by Faberge and many other jewelers at the time. The pendants were popular small Easter gifts to distant family members and important friends.

IMG_20180328_112624My little bunny is a copy by the Museum of Modern Art for their 1996 Faberge in America exhibition. That exhibit came to the de Young (the old building) and my mother and I attended. I couldn’t resist this charming Easter bunny. I think he’s a quiet adornment to celebrate all that is new and fresh in spring.

(On a side note, click here to read a rather disdainful review of Faberge in America by Kenneth Baker for the San Francisco Chronicle.)

Wishing all OverDressedforLife readers a very Happy Easter. 

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IMG_20180320_142326 (1)I always need a hat. Whether I’m traveling, drawing, or going out to a show, whether I’m keeping the sun out of my eyes or the rain off my head, I have a hat for each occasion.

Paul Madonna- artist and writer, creator of the comic strip All Over Coffee, which ran in the SF Chronicle for 12 years.

A fella after my own heart. I also always have a hat. In fact I often will pack with me an extra hat or two for a change in weather. Or if I’m going to be out all day and into the evening, I must have a hat suitable for nighttime.

Straw hats, felt hats, wool berets, modern and vintage … I love them all for that added bit of style.

Now that spring is here and Easter is fast approaching, time for a new hat?

How about a Paul Madonna for Goorin? Mr. Madonna has collaborated with the local hatter to make a series of hats with original SF skyline illustrations. What a fabulous idea to have the inside lining illustrated, while the outside of the hat is, “… understated but fashionable,” says Mr. Madonna.

Keep the lining a secret or tip your hat and start a conversation.

Click here for more information.

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IMG_20180302_140332When you’re dealing with an audience that is all about experience versus product, it leads to a redefinition of certain categories … She’s seeking experience over tangible items, which has led to what I call fast beauty. She wants the ability to grab one thing she can try once because she doesn’t want to be locked down forever. In the end, her shopping basket is going to be just as high, but the difference is instead of having a gigantic bottle of one thing, she is going to have a variety of single-use, travel-size, quick items. She wants to be mobile … 

Ingrid Jackel, CEO Yes To.

I guess I’m not this shopper because if I find a product that works for me I stick with it. These days even though it seems that we have more beauty and fashion choices, there actually is very little. Perhaps a lot of junk but not much quality. So when I discover something that suits me, I become a loyal customer.

 

 

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Superstar Collection by Yuka Uehara for Tokyo Gamine

The private room was packed when I arrived last Tuesday evening at Dirty Habit Cocktail Bar in San Francisco for the launch of fashion designer Yuka Uehara’s latest collection. The crowd included guests invited by SFLUXE Damion Matthews and Nob Hill Gazette editor, Erin Carlson, as well as friends of the designer and friends of the performers.

Performers? Well yes, we were promised a “performance” and that was the talk of the evening. Under a cloak of mystery, there was quite a bit of chattering speculation:

I think there’s dancing …  I heard there’s a singer … What about the clothes? 

Ms. Uehara found her way to fashion after leaving medical school and working with her father in film. Originally from Japan, she now makes San Francisco her home where she’s found a fan base for her wearable art clothing and has developed a reputation for unusual fashion shows.

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Simone Vianna

Interior designer Simone Vianna drove from her home in Sacramento to attend the launch and honored the evening by wearing a vintage kimono from her collection.

“My friend is performing tonight,” said Jessie Boote, who was wearing a fabulous cut velvet kimono under an equally fabulous vintage coat.

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Devlin Shand and Yuka Uehara

After about an hour it was finally showtime, which started with three ballet dancers in white over-sized shirts embellished with hand painted silk fabric. The short dance routine lead to disembodied singing and … a gasp of delight as doors flung open to reveal local photographer and singer Devlin Shand belting out a ballad by The Carpenters, I Need to Be in Love. He effortlessly donned a long halter gown with applied strips of silk and a fierce pair of stilettos that captivated many an eye, “Do you see those shoes?” someone whispered.

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Jessie Boote

When Mr. Shand broke into another Carpenters 1970s hit Close to You, a guy standing behind me expressed a little puzzlement as to what his reaction should be to the unusual choice of retro tunes. He soon gave up and started singing along to the third Carpenters song,  Superstar. A dapper fellow standing next to me in a burgundy velvet suit joined in and so did I. What the heck, we knew the lyrics!

Turns out the the name of Ms. Uehara’s new collection is Superstar. I asked her what was the inspiration and she was right on top of her answer, “My family and friends, always.”

Five models closed the show strutting the runway in the Superstar collection: white shirts with silk fabric embellishments, palazzo pants, and hand painted leather jackets. The small selection is a standout for it’s creativity and quality.

Congratulations to Yuka Uehara!

 

 

 

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debra-photoThe costume designer dresses somebody from the inside out. We care about what kind of underwear they’re wearing. It’s really important when you’re dressing somebody for a film to kind of think about what they’re wearing after they take their shower; what’s the process; what goes on underneath; what makes sense. And it’s a real internal process. The process of fashion is completely external. It’s disposable. It’s changeable. 

Debra McGuire, Hollywood costume designer.

Ms. McGuire is the go-to costume designer for television. Most recently she has designed for Fresh off the Boat, New Girl, and Speechless. From 1994-2004 her main designing gig was Friends.  She has worked on many a film as well. including Knocked Up and Righteous Kill.

 

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downloadThe reason that I am a costume designer is because it is everything that I am interested in, and did on my own as a kid, all put into one job. There’s the drawing and painting of sketches. There’s the fascination with the history of clothes. I was always into fabrics. Costume design is giving an external look to a character. It gives an indication of things unsaid. 

Mark Bridges, American costume designer.

Congratulations to Mr. Bridges for his Oscar win last night – Best Costume Design, Phantom Thread.

 

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